|Published:||Mar 18, 2011 10:25 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 18, 2011 8:06 PM EDT|
PUNTA GORDA- Twenty-year-old Amanda Carr was involved in a lot of activities in high school.
In fact, she set a school record by lettering in 17 different sports.
So it came as no surprise that during her senior year, that she was elected Homecoming Queen.
“I think it broke all the stereotypes of what a typical homecoming queen would be,” Carr said.
That's because Carr is also a world class BMX dirt bike racer. She has been racing BMX bicycles since she was 5 years old.
She started on a track in her home town of Punta Gorda and never looked back.
“After my freshman year I won the world championships and after my sophomore year I won the championships in BMX," she said.
But Carr now has her sights set on a different goal.
“A lost of younger kids really aspire to be a fireman or a police officer I aspire to be an Olympic medalist,” she said.
Carr is now training to qualify for the Olympic team next year. She says that about four other girls are also in the running for one of only two possible available slots on the team.
If she makes it, Carr could very well be the first woman from her home town of Punta Gorda to represent her community in an Olympic games.
She admits that there is some pressure from knowing that, but she also says that the pressure she feels the most is the pressure she puts on herself to succeed: “There is pressure from the outside, but it's more pressure for myself. I just have more expectations for myself. Expectations, of Olympic gold."